Visiting Hawaii (Oahu) with Kids – Hilton Hawaiian Village
Choosing the right area to stay in can be a tough decision. Between the famous North Shore and Turtle Bay area, the beautiful and peaceful Ko’Olina area on the Leeward Coast, the breathtakingly stunning Kailua area on the Windward Coast, or the infamous Waikiki Beach area in Southern Oahu the choices are endless.
After hours of searching hotels and trying to decide the best fit for our family we decided to stay in Waikiki Beach -a bustling beach city full of life! We chose Hilton Hawaiian Village because of it’s sprawling grounds, multiple pools, lagoon, and wide beautiful stretch of beach. It’s also within walking distance to shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Did you Know: The North Shore is an infamous spot that attracts surfers from around the world, but those big waves do not happen in the summertime. They are in the winter months (November-February). Summer waves are gentle making it a perfect spot for beginners.
We arrived on the island before check-in time and didn’t want to do too much with all of our luggage in the rental so we headed to the resort. When we tried to check in a bit early we were told that was only available for a fee, however, there is a bell stand to check-in your luggage if you arrive early which we gratefully utilized. The check-in counters are in an open air space that overlooks the pool and beach and it’s quite beautiful. The resort has multiple towers and only a few receptionists so if you’re arriving at check-in time you might experience very long lines.
In addition to the resort fee of $30 per day, you also have a parking fee of $27 per day (or slightly more for valet). The parking garage was easy to navigate and we never had trouble getting a spot.
There are multiple towers, but the main ones are the Ali’i Tower, The Rainbow Tower, and the Village Towers. There is also bordering Hilton time-share, the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites, that offers 2-3 bedroom suites, but it’s booked separately from the resort, though shares the facilities. We booked a room in the Village Towers (the least expensive of the three at the time of our booking @ $189 per night plus resort and parking fees) and the room was comfortable and clean. It had two full beds, a bathroom and a balcony that had peeking views of the ocean and city. The Village Tower sits behind the Rainbow Tower so it’s not oceanfront.
The Pools and Beach
The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a beachfront 22 acre resort that offers 5 pools giving guests loads of options for lounging in the sun. There are poolside bars and snacks at all of the locations. It is also perfectly situated on the widest stretch of beach and has been named in the top 10 beaches in the world. The public lagoon is perfect for youngsters boasting calm, shallow water!
Pros and Cons
The location of the resort was a pro for us. We enjoyed being close enough to everything, yet not right in the middle of it. On site you’ll find shopping, dining ($$$), coffee, birds, fish, and even penguins! A perk that we enjoyed with the free DVD rental machines near the elevators. It is included with your resort charge. Also, there is an ABC store on site which is the perfect place to get affordable snacks, drinks, and necessities.
TIP: Whether you’re staying at the resort or not, don’t miss the firework show they put on twice a week! It’s spectacular!
During our visit the resort was at capacity which meant the pools were crowded. The pools were filled to the brim and if you didn’t get there first thing in the morning you were most likely not going to get a chair, especially a few together. There was a lot of hustle and bustle and kids everywhere (including my own)!
My girls brought a new raft from home to use at the beach and when we asked to pool counter guys if they could blow it up for us they informed us that in order to do that we would need to pay $6…..for a $2 raft to get air. The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa (part 2 of our trip) kindly blew it up for free…with a smile!
The Hilton Hawaiian Village is Waikiki’s only resort destination and it’s located at the far end of the strip, about a 20 minute walk to all of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. The beach and lagoon are amazing and the location is perfect! As usual, we can’t wait to visit Oahu again! If you’re interested in hearing what other travelers are saying make sure to check out reviews on Trip Advisor!